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2006-11-02 MUET Midterm 3

2006-11-02 MUET Midterm 3 - Cajun dialect and identity Also...

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Alan VanToai 108877115 MUET 200 Section 108 Dr. Boden Sandstrom Lauren Ash-Morgan November 1, 2006 MUET200 Take Home Midterm Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music. Although Cajun and Creole people share the same language (French) and location (SW Louisiana), the two cultures have many different features that make them each unique. Cajun music in its earliest form was a solo ballad often sung at weddings and funerals, or informally at parties. Gradually, as music technology emerged, so did the music of the Creole people. Cajun music in its earlier forms usually consisted of one or two fiddles, and an accordion. Gradually, influenced by other American music, Cajun musicians began playing with bass and steel guitars, mandolins, pianos, banjos, and electric guitars and basses. Cajun music has helped revitalize Cajun culture. When it was illegal to teach the Cajun French in schools, Cajun music was one of the ways to preserve
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Unformatted text preview: Cajun dialect and identity. Also, Cajun music is usually performed in places associated with Cajun family and social life, solidifying its place in Cajun culture. Cajun musicians such as Joe Falcon is a perfect example of an exceptional Cajun musician. Zydeco music is the music of Creole people. The Zydeco movement emerged after World War II, and has since interacted with many other American traditions. The music is dominated by accordion and washboard, and often joined by fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums. Zydeco music flourished in the “bal de maison” form of house parties. Young people would borrow a house from an elder, clear away the furniture, and dance to Zydeco music. Music at these dances were a center for social interaction, and thus was a staple for Creole culture....
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